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The Best Musical Artists From Michigan  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Michigan or bands formed in Michigan.

Here are the best artists and bands from Michigan. Some of the most famous singers and bands of all time got their start in Michigan. In particular, Detroit has been one of the most musically-innovative cities in all of United States history. There are three primary musical developments Michigan is known for: Motown, punk rock, and techno music. You will find immensely talented Michigan musical artists on this list. Are there any you are surprised to see who came from the Great Lakes State?

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the state produced a number of chart-topping artists. A small sampling of the artists that had a #1 Billboard hit over the years includes Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Madonna. More recently, bands like Greta van Fleet has risen to great acclaim, showing that Michigan still has what it takes to produce incredible talents, such as Jack White and Eminem. Other popular Michigan artists include Aretha Franklin, Kid Rock, Big Sean, and Al Green.

Vote up the best Michigan artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Michigan roots.

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a ...more
2
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music
Robert Clark Seger (/ˈsiːɡər/, born May 6, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last ...more
3
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more
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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the ...more
5
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more
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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Klavel01 added Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
Samuel "Sam" Cooke was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is ...more
7
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
Grand Funk Railroad is an American blues rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s, touring extensively and playing to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine ...more
8
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop, Rap, Hardcore hip hop
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
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Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Klavel01 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician, hunter, and political activist from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes ...more
10
Al Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Albert "Al" Greene, often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Tired of Being ...more
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Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American R&B/pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal ...more
12
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music
The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group's repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, ...more
13
Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
Glenn Lewis Frey is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of Eagles. Frey played guitar with Eagles as well as piano and keyboards and ...more
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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. ...more
15
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal
Robert James Ritchie, known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor. His 1998 studio album Devil Without a Cause sold 13 ...more
16
Mark Tremonti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also ...more
17
Del Shannon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
klavel added Rock music, Country rock, Country
Del Shannon was an American rock and roll and country singer-songwriter who is best known for his 1961 No. 1 billboard hit "Runaway".
18
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul
The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more
19
Scott Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
klavel added Scott Michael Bennett Christian
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Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. was an African American soul singer-songwriter and performer. Known as a tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed "Mr. ...more
21
Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
klavel added Rock music, Rap rock, Funk metal
Anthony Joseph Kiedis is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he has fronted since their inception in 1983. Kiedis is a ...more
22
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
The White Stripes were an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White and Meg White. After releasing several singles and three albums within the ...more
23
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa ...more
24
The Verve Pipe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
The Verve Pipe is an American rock band from East Lansing, Michigan. It was formed in 1992 by Brian Vander Ark, Brian Stout and Donny Brown.
25
Frankie Ballard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
klavel added Country
Frank Robert "Frankie" Ballard IV is an American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has released one album each for Reprise Records and Warner Bros. Records, and has ...more